By Editors of Power Engineering
Avangrid began commercial operations at three new wind farms totaling over 500 MW in California, New Mexico and Colorado. All three have long-term energy purchase contracts.
The three facilities include the 131-MW Tule Wind Farm in California, the 298-MW El Cabo Wind Farm in New Mexico and the 75 MW Twin Buttes II Wind Farm in Colorado.
“Bringing jobs and economic development dollars during construction is just the beginning of our long-term partnerships with these communities,” said Avangrid Renewables President & CEO Laura Beane. “While commercial operation marks the culmination of years of teamwork with landowners, local leaders, and so many supporters, we’ll continue to work hard to build on these relationships, as our employees will live and work in these areas for years to come.”
The Tule project in the McCain Valley of eastern San Diego County features 57 GE wind turbines and supplies renewable energy under a 15-year contract to Southern California Edison.
The El Cabo Wind Farm, in Torrance County about 90 miles east of Albuquerque, features 142 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines, and also supplies renewable energy to Southern California Edison.
The Twin Buttes II Wind Farm consists of 36 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines south of Lamar, near Avangrid Renewables’ existing Twin Buttes Wind Farm. It will supply renewable energy under a 25-year contract to Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
Avangrid Renewables brought nearly 800 MW of renewables online in 2017, also completing wind projects for the first time in North Carolina and Vermont as well as a solar project in Oregon, while creating more than 800 full-time jobs during all of its construction efforts.